Once you have discovered some of the delights Rutland has to offer, you might like to explore further afield.  Here are some ideas on places to visit outside of Rutland.  The distance and time to get to these locations are from the Tithe Barn in Cottesmore.

Foxton Locks (approx. 29 miles 45 mins drive):


On a pleasant day Foxton is the deal place to strech your legs along the canal towpath and watch the narrowboats working their way through the locks.
Foxton Locks is the largest flight of staircase locks on the English canal system with two 'staircases' of five locks.  They are located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal 5 km west of Market Harborough close to the nearby village of Foxton.
Visit the museum to learn more about the locks and how they were built .  There is a tearoom and a choice of local pubs serving food. 

Welland Viaduct (approx. 13 miles and 25 mins drive)


welland valley


Welland Viaduct, also known as Harringworth Viaduct and Seaton Viaduct, is a railway viaduct which crosses the valley of the River Welland between Harringworth in Northamptonshire and Seaton in Rutland.  It is 1.166 km long and has 82 arches. It was completed in around 1878 and is the longest masonry viaduct across a valley in Britain.[3]
The following link takes you to a short you tube of trains crossing the viaduct.  It’s certainly worth a visit to either walk in the surround countryside or just to drive under!  It could be tied in with a trip to Uppingham which you need to drive through to reach the Viaduct.  Uppingham is a small pretty market town with a variety of shops and cafes.  It has a weekly market on a Friday.
You tube video of the viaduct


Market Harborough

(approx 27 miles, 45 mins drive)


A quaint market town filled with boutique shops, selling handmade jewelry, designer clothes and antiques.  There a plenty of cafes and restaurant to choose from when you are tired of the shops. 
Information about Market Harborough

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